2017-14 Resolution Urging Support of Single-Payer Healthcare

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Resolution Urging Support of Single-Payer Healthcare


Whereas the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) expanded health coverage to 20 million people but left millions of people uninsured, and failed to control costs; and

Whereas single-payer health care bills have been introduced in both the Washington state House (Rep. Appleton) and Senate (Sen. Hasegawa), yet has not come out of committee; and


Whereas there is an active bill in the United States House of Representatives, HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare for All (Rep. Conyers), that would provide health coverage for all U.S. residents at considerably lower cost; and


Whereas a single-payer health care bill is being drafted for the United States Senate (Sen. Sanders); and

Whereas recent public opinion polls find support for such a plan to be well above 50% among all voters (81% among Democrats, 43% of Republicans); and


Whereas the public outcry against the recently proposed “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) and recognition that the ACA needs revision, this is the time to promote full universal single-payer health care coverage in the U.S.; and


Whereas the platform of the Washington State Democrats calls for “An affordable universal single-payer system to provide the most equitable and effective health care, serving both individual and public health needs...”; now


Therefore, be it resolved that the 32nd Legislative District Democrats ask our state Representatives Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu to support universal single-payer health care bills and initiatives in Washington, and we thank Senator Maralyn Chase for co-sponsoring universal single-payer health care bills and initiatives in Washington; and


Be it further resolved that we thank U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) for vocally supporting and co-sponsoring HR 676, Expanded & Improved Medicare for All, and we urge Representative Rick Larsen (WA-2) to co-sponsor and advocate for HR 676; and


Be it further resolved that we urge Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to co-sponsor and advocate for a universal single-payer health-care bill being drafted in the Senate; and


Be it finally resolved that the membership of the 32nd Legislative District request the above-mentioned representatives to respond upon receipt of this resolution. 


32nd LD co-sponsors: Bettelinn Brown, Birgit Ages, Sally Soriano
Resolution originated from: Whole Washington  http://www.wholewashington.org  and has been passed by the 33rd, 43rd and 8th LDs.
Edited by Dean Fournier, Elaine Phelps and Sally Soriano
Adopted August 9th, 2017 by the 32nd LEgislative District Democratic Organization